The Excellence Series from Monnaie de Paris is infamous for exquisite designs and this release continues to impress. This annual series is done in partnership with a French company and this year's company is Van Cleef & Arpels, which was founded in 1906.
- Contains 5 oz of .950 fine Silver.
- This magnificent coin comes in a box with a certificate of authenticity from the Monnaie de Paris.
- Mintage of 500 coins.
- Obverse: Features a genuine mother-of-pearl butterfly with other nature-inspired elements and an iconic fairy.
- Reverse: Depicts three hands gently setting diamond shapes into a butterfly. The initials of the French Republic "RF" and the year can also be seen.
- Minted by Monnaie de Paris.
Intricate designs add collectible appeal to the Excellence Series from Monnaie de Paris. Add this 2016 France 5 oz Silver Excellence Series Van Cleef & Arpels coin to your cart today!
Each year Monnaie de Paris joins forces with a French company to create an intricately designed series of coins. This year's featured company is Van Cleef & Arpels, a revered jewelry house founded in 1906 by Alfred Van Cleef and Salomon Arpels. This year celebrates the company's 110th anniversary.
The coins in this series reflect the universe of Van Cleef & Arpels through patterns inspired by nature or the imagination such as birds, flowers, or fairies. They are tributes to craft skills and to the tradition of jewelry making.
Iconic elements such as butterflies, fairies, and beaded details are featured on the coins. The butterfly appeared in Van Cleef & Arpels designs in the 1920s and the fairy first appeared in the 1940s. Beaded details are primarily found in the "Perlée" collection that was introduced in the 1920s as well. Three hands shown setting marquise, princess and round diamond shapes pay homage to the craftsmanship of stone setting.